Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Chinatown East

1650 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10128
(212) 987-3500

Came here last night to try out their AYCE sushi for $25.95 per person. A full menu offering Chinese and Japanese dishes a la carte is also available. Sushi and Sahimi is offered at $1 per piece as well.

First off the place is small with 20 tables or so with a small bar when you first enter and a small sushi bar off to the back. Dark wood and stone walls are set off by blue and green neon lights about the ceiling and the sushi bar. The stone cocktail bar slowly changes through all the colors of the rainbow. Three large flat screen TVs on the walls air CNN, ESPN, and local news on mute. Soft Asian music plays over the speakers while recessed intensity lights are set on dim to enhance the mood.

The sushi menu is quite extensive ranging from the standard sushi and maki rolls to Chef's and House special maki rolls. A variety of soups and salads are also included as well as ONE house saki (hot or cold) which you can also substitute beer, wine, or a soda. An AYCD price of $14.95 is also offered.

The waitress comes over with a pad and takes your order also warning you that if you don't finish everything on your plate, you will be charged menu price for items wasted (isn't that the case in all AYCE?)

After your order is placed, the starter (soup or salad) is brought to your table a well as your beverage. Then your plate of sushi comes to your table displayed artfully by the sushi chef. I started with the green salad which consisted of iceberg lettuce, thinly shaved red cabbage, and thread-like carrot shreds dressed with the sweet, Japanese carrot ginger dressing.
The sushi was quite fresh for a Tuesday night in my humble opinion and the rice perfect.
For being a Chinese-Japanese restaurant I was impressed. Once your are finished with your plate, the waitress comes around again clearing your plate and to ask if you would like to order again. Plate sharing is not allowed so be careful when over ordering!

After a plate of sushi and a plate of maki I was stuffed and the saki I had made me a bit sleepy. I was content, sushi craving satiated, and probably will visit again.

An 18% gratuity is automatically put on the bill and there is a 2 hour limit at the table. The bill is accompanied with Chinese fortune cookies as a sweet ending.

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